Fruitvale Station Reviews

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April 28, 2015
It's a gentle film, with deep reservoirs of empathy and understanding. And so terribly sad.
November 7, 2014
As well as being a superb piece of filmmaking and writing that tells an important story of what happened, it's also a thought-provoking tribute to what could have been.
October 10, 2014
[Fruitvale Station] has a profound emotional impact by keeping things simple.
September 23, 2014
Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.
September 16, 2014
There's a sincere clarity that Michael B. Jordan achieves from beginning to end. Raw and proficient in delivery, his performance places him near the top of the most exciting actors to watch.
June 27, 2014
Flawed though it is by overstating the obvious, Fruitvale Station is also sensitively acted and well-intentioned.
June 15, 2014
You might expect a film about the real-life shooting of a young black man by a white cop to burn with outrage and fury, but writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station is notable for its restraint and compassion.
June 9, 2014
With his debut feature, writer-director Ryan Coogler recreates a real-life event with remarkable artistry.
June 8, 2014
The air of impending disaster (we open with the notorious mobile phone footage) culminates in a harrowing final act that is both chilling and heartbreaking.
June 6, 2014
Brilliantly observed and very moving.
June 6, 2014
It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work.
June 6, 2014
The problem with Fruitvale Station isn't that it is so dense with foreboding but that foreboding is the only register it has.
June 6, 2014
Jordan doesn't beg for our sympathy and is all the more magnetic as a result. The finale is devastating.
June 6, 2014
The film's version of Grant has been carefully calibrated to be just nice enough to scare up empathy and just mischievous enough to take some polish of his character.
June 5, 2014
There is something almost spiritual in the eerie importance that all the ordinary, banal facts of a life achieve under scrutiny, as time is running out.
June 5, 2014
Why is goodhearted liberal cinema sometimes so dumb?
June 5, 2014
Coogler's spare, sombre style serves the story well, skillfully avoiding cliche and formula to soberly rage against a grave miscarriage of justice.
June 5, 2014
The emotionally wrenching Fruitvale Station doesn't feel like a call-to-arms so much as a call against them.
June 5, 2014
Just... no. This is heartstring-tugging hooey.
June 4, 2014
It's an emotive film about an emotive incident, but an unmolested account of Grant's demise could have had so much more impact.
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